August 10 is International Prisoners Justice Day, and I wanted to take this moment to ask each one of you to pause in remembrance to reflect on the brutal injustices suffered by victims of the American police state.
Our LGBT family in particular suffers compound disproportionate harm:
- The dynamics of LGBT culture are such that we engage more frequently in victimless "criminal" behavior such as sex work, recreational drug use, and homelessness.
- Police frequently profile us specifically, sometimes as part of targeted sting operations (as happened to Monica Jones).
- Finding ourselves incarcerated - sometimes incorrectly by gender like Chelsea Manning - we are in danger of rape and physical abuse by guards and inmates alike.
These circumstances amount to an unjustifiable inequality in the way "justice" is served, and it too often means a death sentence for our siblings behind bars who have never harmed another.
Outright Libertarians is committed to the principle of equality under the law, and our concept of that includes a recognition of the proper role of a limited government.
The government should no more be in the business of placing harmless people in cages, than picking and choosing its victims based on the prejudices of the dominant culture.
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As always, a personal thank you for the opportunity to serve this cause, and I'll venture a mutual expression of gratitude on behalf of each member to the other for your personal efforts toward liberty. Yes, we are united in individuality, but that unity is meaningless without each other.
Thank you for all that you do.
Yours in Liberty,
Mike Shipley, Chair
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Quick reminder before I head out for Columbus, please remember that we are holding our General Conference Meeting on Saturday, June 28, 2014 immediately following the close of business session at #LPCon2014. That's approximately 6pm Eastern time!!
This is a bylaws-required meeting, at which we will be having officer elections for the 2014-16 cycle. Please update your membership if you plan on attending either online or in person, you must be a current member to vote at this meeting.
It has been a pleasure serving this term.
Regarding the recent news of a pro-reparative therapy plank added to the Texas GOP platform, Outright USA stands with Outright Texas to welcome those fleeing persecution into our party, which has always upheld the cause of gay liberation, as inseperable from the greater cause of universal liberation for all. If you are looking for minimum government and maximum freedom, join us!!
We agree that government has no proper role interfering in professional standards. But many of the psychiatric care field believe reparative therapy is harmful and it is a decision people have to make in the market. Some people might send their kids to it, others might not, but the market must be free for the truth to come out. Stories of people harmed will turn people away.
And make no mistake, people ARE being harmed by this therapy. This is a special danger in Texas, where we learned earlier this year the schools are directed by law to treat same-sex attraction as a behavioral issue. The Texas GOP is on a slippery slope to where both children and parents' rights are violated through treatment mandates.
If Mr Schwab wants to advocate for reparative therapy he should go on a speaking tour or write a book - a political party platform is not the place to enforce some kind of industry standard in which he is not an expert. Politicians are not medical professionals and political force is not an appropriate vehicle for medical care.